A Metacritic rating of 62% backed up by a user score of 6.1/10.
Most reviewers using the phrase "This will give you something to do until a better game comes out".
Uninspiring gameplay trailers.
These 3 things almost kept me away from "Hunted: The Demon's Forge".
Then I bumped into a couple of people who owned it, both of them raving about their experiences and saying the game was like "Gears Of War" with swords.
That should be 'Epic Win' (no pun intended) but it just didn't sit true with everything that I'd seen so far but I decided to give it a spin.
Wow. What a fun game.
It's a combat focussed Action RPG where they seem to have gotten the formula just right.
The combat is like "Fable", the Cover System like "Gears of War" and the Coop System like "Enslaved" and "Resident Evil 5".
The game gives you a bit of an excuse for a quest and then sets you off fighting.
The need to micromanage an inventory of 100+ objects is scrapped in favour of you simply having to worry about your melee weapon, ranged weapon and shield and armour.
When you find a better one than the one you've got... pick it up. It's so simple and works perfectly for the game.
The AI makes a better partner than in many other games and you can play with a mate either online or on the same console, split screen.
So "Gears Of War" with swords?
Not quite, but it's still a pretty entertaining package.
Don't let poor online reviews make your mind up for you.